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The Right Way to Customize Keypads: keycap engraving, keypads, lighting control,

The Right Way to Customize Keypads

Posted August 11, 2014
By Guest
Being able to press one button to control multiple devices is one of the most appealing features of home automation. Creating these one-button “scenes” requires programming of the keypad’s companion home automation system, which is a fairly simple task for a trained custom electronics (CE) professional. Surprisingly, what’s often the most challenging part of a keypad design is deciding what to name each button.

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The Control4 App is on FIRE!: amazon fire, control4 app, smart home, smartphone,

The Control4 App is on FIRE!

Posted July 25, 2014
By Lisa Harmer
Amazon Fire, that is. Today, Amazon started shipping their new Fire smartphone and the Control4 app will be one of the first apps available for customers. The Amazon Fire phone comes with a year membership of free Amazon Prime shipping, along with an entirely new sensor system called Dynamic Perspective which responds to the way you hold, view and move the phone, 3D and face-recognition technology (the screen actually moves with your eyes!) and Firefly, which lets you point the phone at items and click to identify them.

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Lighting the Way: home automation, smart home technology, smart moms,

Lighting the Way

Posted July 23, 2014
By Guest
In a previous article, I wrote about a number of ways to use technology to make things easier on moms. I’m now excited to share with you the nuts & bolts of how I use lighting in our smart home to make my job easier as a mom. Now don't worry, I'm not going to get technical, but rather will give you an overview with real life scenarios that show you just how easy, convenient and practical lighting automation can be. Since I can't give you a personal tour of my house, I will show you how I control the house...while I'm home and away!

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A Winning Combination: handheld remotes, home automation, keypads, portable touchpanels,

A Winning Combination

Posted July 18, 2014
By Guest
There’s no doubt that the iPad is a great device from which to manage a home, but for many families, using a combination of different types of controllers is often a better solution than sticking strictly with a mobile device. Be sure to also consider integrating wall-mounted keypads, portable touchpanels and handheld remotes. Here’s why:

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Home Theater: A Great Place to Start Automating: audio/video, home automation, home theater, lighting control, shade control,

Home Theater: A Great Place to Start Automating

Posted July 9, 2014
By Guest
The thought of placing your entire house under the command of a single home automation system can seem like a daunting task. And in some cases, it can be. Whether your home is in the process of being built or is already completely finished, its layout and your budget can all influence the difficulty of the design and installation of the processors, wiring and other components that make up a control system. Fortunately, manufacturers like Control4 offer solutions that allow you to add home automation gradually, one component at a time, as you deem necessary and financially wise.

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Beam me up, Scotty!: audio/video, automated wine cellar, home automation, security, window shades,

Beam me up, Scotty!

Posted July 2, 2014
By Amber Mansfield
The only thing better than having a glass of wine after work is having a glass of wine from your own personal wine cellar collection. One Control4 owner took it a step further and combined his love of Star Trek with his love of wine in his personal wine cellar. This custom cellar is equipped with opaque walls that go from frosted to translucent with a touch of a button from a smart phone or iPad. The door opens and it’s like you’ve transported yourself onto the U.S.S. Enterprise complete with sound effects from the ship. The owner hopes to one day install a retina scanner at the entrance of the cellar to keep out the Klingons, of course.

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More Bits & Pieces: For Big Laughs & Little Did-You-Knows: for fun, mobile applications,

More Bits & Pieces: For Big Laughs & Little Did-You-Knows

Posted June 26, 2014
By Crystal Watts
The application revolution has taken mobile technology by storm. Nowadays, there is even an app to help you avoid getting involved in accidential incest. Wait, there's an app for that? No really, for THAT?! Yep, you read it correctly. Just by touching your phone with another, this app will tell you if you are barking up the wrong tree, as in, your own family tree. Click on the image below for more snippets of technology-related random facts.

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Wireless Sensors Offer Control Based on Motion, Light, even Humidity Levels: axxess, humidity control, wireless motion sensor,

Wireless Sensors Offer Control Based on Motion, Light, even Humidity Levels

Posted June 26, 2014
By John Pherson
Forget to turn on the bathroom ventilation whenever you take a shower? If so, the Axxess Industries Wireless Motion Sensor with humidity control is a perfect addition to your Control4 home automation system. Recently HD Living reviewed the device and had great things to say about it. “The Wireless Motion Sensor is incredibly well made and attractive at that,” says Dennis Burger Editor in Chief of HD Living. He has currently set it up to turn on the bathroom vent fan whenever it senses humidity.

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Control4 Named Top 100 MDU Provider: home automation, luxury housing, mdu, multi-dwelling units, smart home technology, super towers,

Control4 Named Top 100 MDU Provider

Posted June 20, 2014
By Amber Mansfield
When I hear the term “Multi–Dwelling Units,” I think of the not-so-awesome apartment I shared with three of my closest friends in my early years of college. Well, times have changed. Unlike my shabby college apartment building, today’s MDUs are high-end, luxurious and high-tech. As a matter of fact, Forbes recently noted that “super towers” are “the next big thing in luxury housing.” As land becomes less available in many popular and densely populated cities, like New York and Miami, luxury residences are headed skyward. Many property owners, developers and builders are looking to create exclusive condominium and private residence developments that can house many owners with a smaller footprint. These aren’t just condos. In order to appeal to luxury-minded buyers, developers are appealing to potential residents with private elevators, the best furnishings, elite concierge services, stunning views, and technological amenities.

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MainStreet America Showcases Control4: audio/video, home automation, home theater, mainstreet america, security, smart lighting, smart thermostat,

MainStreet America Showcases Control4

Posted June 18, 2014
By Lisa Harmer
In the heart of Houston, Texas, there’s a parade of showcase homes where home aficionados can peruse the latest and greatest in home design, décor and technology. It’s called MainStreet America, a collection of 12 fully finished, decorated and designed homes that will never be lived in but serve solely to let people shop for the features and functionality they envision for their next home. As developer Mike Feigin states, “There is no place like this in the world.”

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An Innovative Office for Innovative People: automated business, conference room, connected office, office automation, smart business,

An Innovative Office for Innovative People

Posted June 16, 2014
By Lisa Harmer
For high-tech entrepeneurs, having a high-tech space where they can share their passions, percolate their business ideas, and rub shoulders with potential investors who also happen to know a little something about starting a business is key to success. The Winklevoss twins (yes, those Winklevoss twins) recently founded a private investment firm to support budding start-ups and their 5,000-square-foot office in New York City features innovative technology designed to promote digital collaboration and high-speed innovation.

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What Does a Dad Really Want On Father's Day? Extra Time in the Man Cave!: father's day, man cave,

What Does a Dad Really Want On Father's Day? Extra Time in the Man Cave!

Posted June 13, 2014
By Tyler Reed
Father’s Day can be such a great day. It provides us with an excuse to spend some extra time with the family and celebrate all the wonderful fathers out there. But it also provides dads with an excuse to spend a little bit of extra time relaxing and hanging out in the man cave. Man cave is a phrase that is thrown around quite a bit to represent a space that a man (or men) can go to enjoy whatever activities they like to enjoy during their down time. This obviously means different things to different people. One father might be a sports nut while another father loves to play video games. This Father’s Day let’s celebrate the three most popular types of man caves.

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5 Ways To Save—Automatically!: climate, energy savings, hvac, lighting, savings, technology,

5 Ways To Save—Automatically!

Posted June 9, 2014
By Shanan Carney
It's getting warmer outside, which also means that people will begin cranking up those air conditioners. And if you are the accommodating type, house guests may start coming out of hibernation and heading to your place for their entertainment benefit, which can oftentimes be quite expensive. Heed these home control tips and you might notice a little less cash leaving the checking account every month.

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5 Easy Ways to Save Energy: energy management, energy savings, home automation,

5 Easy Ways to Save Energy

Posted June 5, 2014
By Guest
Conserving energy at home shouldn’t require you to sacrifice comfort or make you feel deprived. Smart energy conservation shouldn’t require a change of routine or lifestyle or create a lot of extra work. With an automation system at the helm of your house, you don’t need to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced to conserve energy, as the system is able to operate the lights, thermostats, and other power-hungry devices with the utmost efficiency. The system empowers you to easily shave money off your monthly utility bill. Here are five ways an automation system can foster energy efficiency:

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5 Need-To-Knows: Designing Your Smart Home: control4, control4 dealers, customers, home control, smart home,

5 Need-To-Knows: Designing Your Smart Home

Posted June 3, 2014
By Guest
Imagine waking up in the morning, not to the glaring blare of an alarm clock, but to your favorite song streaming through speakers in the ceiling, as your blinds slowly open to reveal the morning sun. Touch one button by your bed and the lights in the hallway turn on so you can safely navigate to the kitchen where the TV is already tuned into your favorite morning news program. As you race out the door for work, smile as everything powers down—the lights, the TVs, the audio—even the thermostat dials back to a more energy-effi cient setting. The alarm arms, the garage door closes and every door in the house gets locked. Automatically.

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It's an "Auto-Magic" Show: control4 dealers, for fun,

It's an "Auto-Magic" Show

Posted June 3, 2014
By Crystal Watts
Thanks to Control4 home automation, this "Little Houdini" is able to entertain with a little "automagic." With his special wand (and dad's helpful iPad), he can control the lights & blinds, and even attempts to turn his newfound powers on his sister!

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